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The war in Afghanistan is not being waged on the battlefield alone: If we are to emerge as a strong and independent democracy, the campaign for Afghanistan's economy must stand on equal footing with the counterterrorism campaign. In fact, they are one and the same. We can't build schools ...

On Jan. 21, 2011, Marine Lance Corporal Ferreira had just completed a raid on a cold night in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He jumped off a roof and landed on a concealed IED. "I looked down and saw that my [lower] legs were gone," he told "I saw a mangled boot. But I had ... War
As part of these new "links", some Taliban expected sophisticated weapons from Russia that could dramatically turn the Afghan war in their favour - anti-aircraft guns and missiles that could challenge US air supremacy; similar to the surface-to-air Stinger missile the US provided to the Afghan resistance ... War
Activists pitched tents at the site of the attack, where Afghan men, women and children are holding a sit-in hunger strike. "Many people like me have lost several members of their families in this brutal war that has taken away our right to live peacefully," said Bashir Jan, who lost his uncle and three cousins in ... War
Khial Bibi has lost five children and a husband to the war ravaging Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold that has been the scene of deadly militant attacks and bloody gunbattles with government forces for years. "We want the violence to stop," the elderly Bibi says inside a ... War

Louis, 30, died Tuesday because of heart complications, according to his grandmother. Despite living a relatively short life, she said, he made a tremendous impact on the world and those around him. An Afghanistan War veteran, Sgt. Louis did two tours in the U.S. Army and was strongly affected by his ... War
Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Neller said the US forces do not have a big role in Afghanistan's war, but they remain in the country to provide advice and training to the Afghan forces. “We want to remain in Afghanistan because it was a safe haven for those that attacked our country in 9/11 and I think you ... War
He did one tour in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. "My first deployment just a lowly Lance Corporal didn't know where I was going, what I was doing and it's scary starting out," Daniel said. "It's just the fear of the unknown." His second deployment was in 2011-2012 . He says in that deployment he saw a lot more combat. War
Just months after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan declared the war against the Taliban and other insurgents a stalemate, Dunford — chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — said he can see a shift. "What we're already starting to see is, I think, momentum is going to favor the Afghan forces," Dunford ... War
In one sign of a creep back in, Russia has taken to spreading disinformation in Afghanistan, mirroring the influence tactics employed in the Ukraine war, and in election meddling in the United States. “Italian forces flee after a fight with the Taliban,” read one recent headline on the Dari-language service of ... War
After five days criss-crossing Afghanistan, meeting with everyone from the Afghan president to the new American trainers on the ground, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. headed home Friday with a palpable sense of optimism. Just months after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan declared the war ... War
Although it infrequently finds front-page news, America's longest war—now in its 17th year—continues in Afghanistan. While Afghan security forces have taken the lead on the ground, the ongoing and evolving mission still involves an important American and coalition role. Last summer, President Trump ... War
The U.S. has a role to play in setting the conditions for members of the Taliban to lay down their weapons and move back into Afghanistan's society, the top U.S. commander for the war said Thursday. Noting that integration talks are already going on behind the scenes, Gen. John Nicholson said U.S. and ... War
Several factors distinguish a trade war from mere friction. Governments start viewing trade as a conflict between nations, rather than a beneficial process to manage. They assume that bullying is preferable to multilateral rules. They put a premium on doing damage rather than deterring bad behaviour. War
We are well into the 17th year of the United States military commitment in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history. We've got 15,000 troops in the country, and we're spending $45 billion a year to sustain this effort and support the Afghan government. You might assume Congress would be ... War
Every day, 15,000 U.S. forces deployed in Afghanistan fight Washington's longest war. In 2018, their mission will cost Americans $45 billion in defense spending alone, almost enough to build U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico twice. Trump, who had campaigned on getting ... War

With the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in its twilight, American officials are tracking foreign fighters veering to provinces in Afghanistan's north and east. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda remains a persistent and deadly threat across the country, a senior American general told senators last week. War
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — The Army veteran who killed three women after a siege in California had long dreamed of serving his country in the military, but his skill as a marksman led to dangerous missions in Afghanistan that left him anxious and wary when he came back home, according to people who knew ... War
The U.S. is bolstering its military presence in Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the war started. Is anyone paying attention? Consider this: At a Senate hearing this past week on top U.S. security threats, the word "Afghanistan" was spoken exactly four times, each during introductory remarks. In the ... War
The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for more than 16 years, and mostly against the Taliban, a group that exists in large part due to the intelligence services of Afghan neighbor Pakistan. Steve Coll's new book "Directorate S" is perhaps the definitive story of the war's aftermath and tense U.S. relations ... War
'We all need to invest in the peace instead of war. We want to work with US and Afghanistan in a cooperative framework. Let's, collectively invest in peace and bring the closure to this perpetual conflict instead of wining it', he added. In response to a question, he appreciated President Ghani's offer to ... War
War is a reality of life in Afghanistan, but it's not all-consuming, say a delegation of Afghan women leaders who recently visited Washington. The country is also undergoing significant social and cultural shifts around gender and leadership. Judy Woodruff talks with Shaharzad Akbar, a senior advisor to ... War
For Army Gen. John "Mick" Nicholson, the war in Afghanistan is deeply personal. The top commander in charge of President Donald Trump's revamped strategy to “fight to win” has spent much of the last decade-plus fighting the Taliban and other militant groups, forging deep bonds with Afghan leaders. War
Pakistan, Iran and Russia are thought to maintain ties to militant proxies inside Afghanistan in case the war-ravaged country collapses. Miller, now a senior foreign policy expert at Rand Corp., said peace would require heavy lifting by the Trump administration, which has yet to appoint a top diplomat for the ... War
... and Afghan government. Away from the bombs and the bullets, there is another war being fought in Afghanistan, one of propaganda and the winning of hearts and minds. ... The Afghan Taliban is yet to respond to the government's offer of unconditional peace talks to end 16 years of war. On Wednesday ... War
It was Afghanistan's most significant peace overture to the large, fractious militant organization that currently controls more territory than at any time since the 2001 U.S.-led military invasion, but whose political aims have become unclear as the war has devolved into a bloody stalemate and its top leaders ... War
The United States has now been at war in Afghanistan for over sixteen years, at a cost of over $1 trillion; Atlantic Senior Editor Krishnadev Calamur noted last month that the Taliban “now controls . . . more territory than at any point since the U.S.-led invasion”; and the United Nations Office on Drugs and ... War
Attempts to end the war have but established new antagonisms, new conditions of conflict, new forms of warfare. The conflict generates these antagonisms rather than the reverse, forcing us to face the real origins of violence: Afghanistan's relations to the state system from which it emerged. These theses ... War
General Bunch also explained the immense scope of U.S. bombing efforts: “Anybody that is an enemy of Afghanistan, we're going to target them.” Consider the audacity of such a statement. This flag officer, planning for future operations in America's longest war, openly admits the bombing of ETIM is totally ... War
Walter Jones (R-NC) asked Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis about the growing restrictions on information about the war in Afghanistan. “We are now increasing the number of our troops in Afghanistan, and after 16 years, the American people have a right to know of their successes. Some of that, I'm ... War
The costs now are still significantly lower than during the high point of the war in Afghanistan. From 2010 to 2012, when the U.S. had as many as 100,000 soldiers in the country, the price for American taxpayers surpassed $100 billion each year. There are currently around 16,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. War
After 16 years of war in Afghanistan, experts have stopped asking what victory looks like and are beginning to consider the spectrum of possible defeats. All options involve acknowledging the war as failed, American aims as largely unachievable and Afghanistan's future as only partly salvageable. War
CHAPARHAR, Afghanistan — There was no military curfew in the villages, but, as a precaution, the farmers still informed the local police outpost that they would be in their fields before dawn, with lanterns and shovels, to channel water to their crops. In a chaotic war of many players on both sides and with ... Afghanistan
On Monday, the war in Afghanistan marked its 6,000th day. Ending violence in Afghanistan appears, at times, to be a forlorn dream, but the recent developments suggest the U.S. policymakers might actually get the job of striking the perfect balance between military strikes with comprehensive ... Afghanistan
A United States Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan was deported to Mexico after his application for citizenship was denied because of a felony drug conviction, his lawyer and immigration officials said. Miguel Perez-Montes, 39, was flown on Friday from Gary, Ind., to Brownsville, Tex., ... Afghanistan
For America, the war in Afghanistan is now almost 17 years old and is officially the longest in its history. True, the fighting in Vietnam went on longer, but since war was never declared it is classed as a conflict. Unlike Vietnam, the battle in Afghanistan has not come to define America. Yet today there are US ... Afghanistan
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (Analysis) — According to the BBC, there are some 40 countries involved in the current NATO mission in Afghanistan, currently known as “Resolute Support.” In other words, approximately one-fifth of the world's countries have deployed troops to this war-torn nation. Yet, after a ... Afghanistan
The comments represented a significant shift for Ghani, who has previously referred to the Taliban as “terrorists” and “rebels”, although he has also offered to talk to parts of the movement that accepted peace. The Taliban, which is fighting to restore Islamic rule in Afghanistan after its 2001 ousting by US-led ... Afghanistan
Afghanistan suffered more than 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017, as deadly suicide and complex attacks killed and injured more people than any previous year in the war-torn country, according to the UN. In its annual report released on Thursday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and ... Afghanistan
FILE - This Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, a pro-Turkey Syrian fighter waves on Bursayah hill, which separates the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin from the Turkey-controlled town of Azaz, Syria. As Syrian troops and their allies push toward final victory and the battle against Islamic State militants draws to an end, ... Afghanistan
The mental health toll signifies a hidden consequence of war that is often overshadowed by bombed-out buildings and loss of life. Afghanistan has only one high-security psychiatric facility, where many of the patients are often chained and sedated. The Red Crescent Secure Psychiatric Institution houses ... Afghanistan
Consider Afghanistan. On Tuesday, a senior Pentagon official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the war there will cost $45 billion dollars this year. That's more than two thousand war dollars for each parade dollar — and unlike Afghanistan, the troops participating in the parade won't have to ... Afghanistan
Last year, dozens of categories of previously unclassified information about Afghan military forces were designated as classified, making it more difficult to publicly track the progress of the war in Afghanistan. The categories of now-classified information were tabulated in a memo dated October 31, 2017 ... Afghanistan
Sixteen years later, the War in Afghanistan has become the United States' longest running conflict, and it's most unpopular. By 2013, 82% of Americans opposed United States involvement in the country, a higher disapproval rate than the Vietnam War. However, a new administration is hoping to change the ... Afghanistan
The costs now are still significantly lower than during the high point of the war in Afghanistan. From 2010 to 2012, when the U.S. had as many as 100,000 soldiers in the country, the price for American taxpayers surpassed $100 billion each year. There are currently around 16,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Afghanistan
I am not a film critic. I'm just a guy with a Netflix account and a lot of opinions. I also haven't seen every film and television show about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from start to finish. For example, I only made it about a quarter of the way into Robert Redford's tedious 2007 Iraq War drama Lions for ... Afghanistan
America's war in Afghanistan is the longest war the U.S. has ever fought. Beginning a month after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the initial mission was to remove the Taliban from power and destroy the al-Qaida terror network. Now, nearly 17 years later, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll ... Afghanistan


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